Lobby Bar – August 2: Automotive Parenthood, Underwater Discos, Henry Kissinger Says Hello, and Shakespeare Makes a Request
The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
No kidding. The BMW Welt celebrated its 100,000 delivery since opening in 2007. The first customer was our very own editorial director, Jonathan Spira, who shook hands with Henry Kissinger to commemorate the occasion. One part of this may or may not be true.
Fatherproof. Dan Collins zoomed through Laguna Beach in a BMW 328i. Dan adopted the hyperactive child before anybody could tell him about the responsibilities that come with fatherhood. Luckily, this child has an off switch.
We hope there’s not a fire. Ramsey Qubein flew business class on Air France’s Airbus A380 from Paris to Washington D.C. Rumor has it that the lounges at Charles de Gaulle airport have wine and champagne flowing out of all taps and faucets.
Submerged dance club. Jonathan Spira stayed at the elegant Ritz-Carlton in Vienna. The hotel’s pool is equipped with underwater lighting and music, so the party needn’t stop, even when you might want it to stop so you can do some laps.
Merge with us. Find out how the US Airways and American Airlines merger will affect you. Most of the time, mergers are a good thing; like when you merge frequentbusinesstraveler.com into your bookmarks folder.
Ancient technology. Join Jesse Sokolow for a look at great moments in travel history for the month of August. In his most recent time-traveling stint, Jesse tried letting Glenn Hammond Curtiss write this month’s column, but the pilot was too bemused by laptop computer technology – namely Tetris – to make any progress.
Eco-terminology. BMW threw the cover off of its i3 electric car. The i3’s motor develops 170 dolphinpower – the new power rating for environmentally friendly cars.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your shirt. It’s simple: correctly identify the pictures of New York locations and you’ll be entered to win a two-night stay at the Conrad New York. It’s like the new shirtless trend in the city: everybody’s doing it.
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